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  • Rosanna Arquette gets married

    August 21, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Mazel tov to Rosanna Arquette and her brand-new husband, investment banker Todd Morgan.

    The two were married Sunday in a private family ceremony in Malibu, a rep for the Jewish actress told Us Weekly. According to another source guests included Barbra Streisand.

    Arquette is best known for her roles in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Pulp Fiction,” but you may have seen her more recently on this last season of “Girls” as Jessa’s dad’s hippy girlfriend.

    This is her fourth marriage.

  • A short history of Jewish intermarriage

    August 8, 2013 | 11:45 am

    JTA’s Uriel Heilman reported this week on the continuing evolution of Jewish attitudes toward intermarriage. After the clarion call of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey showed a 52 percent intermarriage rate among American Jews, Jewish groups poured millions into...

  • DOMA and same-sex marriage- why Israel is not next in line?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    A few months ago, I read that a group of MK's from the coalition calls for a bill to determine Israel as Jewish first, and democratic second. Now the vote is closer than ever, as newspapers in Israel are filled with opinion columns and updates, and the fear of the bill's passing is...

  • Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Company, public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in corporate America. Social discourse had not yet even evolved into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethos that dominated the following decades. Homosexuality was simply...

  • Los Angeles rabbis respond to Supreme Court rulings

    June 26, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The Jewish Journal invited rabbis from throughout Los Angeles to contribute their thoughts and reactions to the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. The following is a sampling of what we have received and we will be adding more as we receive more responses.

    Rabbi Ken...

  • AJWS president Ruth Messinger applauds Supreme Court ruling on DOMA & Prop 8

    June 26, 2013 | 9:03 am

    American Jewish World Service President Ruth Messinger released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to marriage equality.

    “We applaud today’s historic decisions by the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory laws as a major victory...

  • Supreme Court issues two major rulings expanding gay rights

    June 26, 2013 | 8:24 am

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

    The first of two rulings Wednesday struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as a...

  • Enlightening Television

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I watch a good amount of TV, probably more than I should. Still, it's rare for an episode of a show I watch to linger in my mind and heart, but that happened last night and continued into today. My wife and I have been working our way through Enlightened, the...

  • Fighting the Monotony

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 4, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    Every parent’s dream, a free babysitter we trust, was available to us, and we didn’t know what to do. With my mom in town this past weekend, my wife, Sarah, and I had earmarked Sunday as a date night; the only problem was that we didn’t know what to do. Our...

  • Dear Dr.L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    May 30, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.

    All questioners should be addressed to 



    Dear Dr.L ,

    Thank you for answering our questions and for caring, I appreciate it!

    My name is Ron,...

  • What I Married Into

    May 29, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    Salt into meat
    browned briefly.
    Carrots, paprika, potatoes.
    As it is written on her greased page.
    I sing Dayenu, improvise verses
    as I churn the soup.
    Meal of bitter herbs I married
    into. Chopped apples and cinnamon.
    Matzos wrapped in linen.
  • Sharing is Caring

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    April 17, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Dr.Limor’s Cradle of Love
"Desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs13; 12)

    Couples maintaining a long term relationship, be it marriage or any other format of 'couplehood', quite often lose site of the mere notion of its properties; the importance of the TWO that produce a...

  • Dreaming of Love & Lawsuits

    By Ilana Angel

    April 9, 2013 | 8:12 am

    I am a romantic.  A serious over the top, anything can happen, sweep me off my feet, knight in shining armor, bring flowers on a first date, knees buckle at the first kiss, beshert seeking, happily ever after, underdog wins, men make passes at girls who wear glasses, you don’t look...

  • Why peace with Abbas and Hamas is worse than occupation

    By Mark Paredes

    March 24, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Mai bine singur decât cu o companie proastă [Better single than with bad company] – Romanian proverb


    When I was single, I met lots of people who thought that not being married was the worst thing that could happen to them. They allowed their marital status to define --...

  • A rabbinic lesson in marriage counseling

    March 6, 2013 | 8:54 am

    All too often, religious and societal taboos impede honest dialogue about difficult issues that can affect any marriage, such as spousal abuse, blended families, adoption and infidelity.

    Learning how to deal with those situations is one reason why Associate Rabbi Adir Posy of...

  • Jews vocal on both sides of France’s gay marriage debate

    February 5, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Wide-eyed and smiley, Elay-Gabriel seems utterly unaffected by the French media’s sudden interest in him.

    A dozen French journalists have visited the 18-month-old in recent months because he is trapped in a sort of legal limbo: He cannot obtain citizenship because the state does...

  • Israel’s divorce rate rises 5 percent, led by Tel Aviv

    January 29, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Israel's divorce rate rose 5 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, with the highest number of divorced couples from Tel Aviv.

    Some 10,964 couples divorced last year, according to a report issued by the Rabbinical Courts Administration. Tel Aviv saw 711 couples split up,...

  • The queerness of love: A Jewish case for same-sex marriage

    January 24, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Last year, I officiated at the first same-sex wedding in the 145-year history of my synagogue.  For a Conservative congregation, this was quite a break with tradition.  Nevertheless,  I was proud to stand beneath the wedding canopy with this couple, who affirmed the sacredness of...

  • Money saving ideas: For richer, not poorer

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Tying the knot doesn’t have to be synonymous with fastening a financial anchor around newlywed couples. It just requires great care, sufficient research and attention to detail.

    Even with the best planning, however, it might be hard to believe you could pull off a dreamy wedding...

  • If You Have Love, Does Marriage Matter?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Ever since I was little I wanted to get married.  When I tied the knot the first time it was a remarkable time in my life.  I loved my husband, my parents walked me down the aisle, all my siblings were there, and my life was full of hope and promise.  Even though my marriage did...

  • An age of broken glances: On ‘Why Love Hurts’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Each time I officiate at a marriage, I perpetrate a small fraud. I read the ketubah, the marriage contract, in its original Aramaic and then I read the “translation.” The translation is actually a confection of sweet-spun phrases about creating a home of warmth, openness, and...

  • Jewish groups ready to weigh in as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a...

  • A more modern view of homosexuality

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The American Modern Orthodox community has just entered uncharted territory. Last week, our largest rabbinic organization, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) formally withdrew its support of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality). JONAH has long been the...

  • Israel gets same-sex divorce before same-sex marriage

    December 4, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    An Israeli court has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state.

    A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area "determined that the marriage...

  • ‘Blue Lagoon’ Honeymoon

    By Elyse Glickman

    November 16, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Islands and honeymoons are a time-tested match made in heaven. Perhaps that’s why so many newlyweds flirt with Fiji, a gorgeous archipelago nation in the South Pacific. 

    This country is the embodiment of romance. One of its most recognizable islands is the Turtle Island resort,...

  • Why Straight Men Should Support Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    November 12, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    I originally posted parts of this blog back in February.   Today my son showed me a video on Facebook that I thought was so fabulous, I decided to post excerpts and share the video.  I love this video and laughed out loud because the humor is so honest.  I support marriage.  Gay or...

  • Wolpe on Brandon’s Holocaust analogy: ‘It is stupidity on stilts’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 26, 2012 | 2:50 pm

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    Every now and then we forbid certain things to certain select individuals: Boxers may not use their fists in casual fights; CIA agents may not write freely of their personal experiences. I think it is time for a new restriction: any mention of Hitler,...

  • Mazel Tov to our community

    October 17, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Rachel Mollie Slater and Samson Zvi Reznik

    Samson Zvi Reznik, son of Janice and Ben Reznik of Encino, and Rachel Mollie Slater, daughter of Fran and Charney Slater of West Hempstead, N.Y., were married on July 23 in Woodbury, N.Y. 

    The couple lives in Los Angeles.


  • Editorial Cartoon: Cutting the cake

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 17, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli weddings

  • Rabbi reverses interfaith marriage policy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    It’s not often that a rabbi’s High Holy Days sermon is interrupted by a standing ovation. But that is what happened — twice — when Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, dedicated his sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to explaining why he was changing...

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